CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice
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Kathleen Currey is a partner in the commercial finance practice group with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP. She represents financial institutions and borrowers in secured lending and financial restructuring matters. Ms. Currey has extensive experience with syndicated loan facilities, asset-based financings, lender finance transactions, debtor-in- possession financings and negotiating complex intercreditor and subordination agreements. Ms. Currey is a member of the Firm’s executive committee and is the chair of the Firm’s partnership committee. She graduated from the University of South Carolina (B.S., Business Administration (Finance), 1986) and Emory University School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1993) and is a member of the state bars of Georgia and South Carolina (inactive).
Ms. Currey is listed in Chambers USA Leading American Business Lawyers in banking and finance (2013-present) and in The Best Lawyers in America in banking and finance law (2016-present). Ms. Currey was featured in Secured Finance Network’s May 2021 Women in Secured Finance issue of The Secured Lender.
Doug Gosden is an Atlanta financial services attorney who focuses his practice on commercial finance transactions with an emphasis on syndicated credit facilities for the communications and healthcare industries.
Mr. Gosden is well-versed in negotiating and documenting secured and unsecured credit facilities, including syndicated loans, Term B loans, single bank loans, asset-based loans, securitizations, dividend recapitalization transactions, acquisition finance transactions, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) finance transactions, supply side finance transactions and restructuring transactions. He regularly advises lead arrangers in financings for acquisitions of portfolio companies by private equity firms and sponsors.
In addition, Mr. Gosden is highly experienced in negotiating intercreditor agreements in first-lien and second-lien transactions, as well as advising clients on issues arising in all aspects of secured transactions, including Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) foreclosure proceedings.
is a financial services attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office. Ms. Drew focuses on advising clients in connection with a wide range of commercial finance transactions. She has significant experience with syndicated, club, and single lender facilities consisting of cash flow facilities, asset based lending, leveraged acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, healthcare financings, term B facilities, real estate financings, cross-border transactions, and structured finance matters. Her practice includes structuring sophisticated intercreditor arrangements, including split collateral financings, mezzanine debt, first lien and second lien financings, and unitranche facilities. She also regularly advises lenders in workouts and restructurings involving a variety of troubled credits.
Mr. Cianciotti is an Atlanta-based shareholder in the Financial Services Transactions Group of Baker Donelson. He helps banks, other commercial lenders and borrowers structure, negotiate, and close secured loan transactions. His experience includes asset-based and cash flow working capital facilities, equipment and acquisition financing, and venture debt and growth capital lending. In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Cianciotti previously served as Vice President-Legal Counsel at First Capital, an asset-based lender providing secured lending solutions to mid-market businesses. He also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University Law School. Mr. Cianciotti received his J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Boston College.
Tara Eliza Castillo, chair of the Structured & Warehouse Finance Team, is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group. Tara focuses her practice on warehouse finance, structured finance, securitizations, and other asset-backed transactions. She represents borrowers, issuers, lenders, placement agents, underwriters, and other industry participants across a broad spectrum of asset classes, including auto loans and leases, consumer loans, credit card receivables, floorplan loans, lease-to-own receivables, merchant cash advance loans, online marketplace loans, and timeshare receivables. Tara also advises on the receivables financing aspects of large industry mergers and acquisitions.
Tara is a frequent industry speaker and has served as a guest lecturer at both the Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile law schools in Santiago, Chile, on securitization and structured finance. She is the author of the chapters “Securitization Readiness Considerations for Consumer Finance Companies,” “Auto Loan Securitizations” and “Timeshare Loan Securitizations” in the treatise Securitization: Legal and Regulatory Issues.
Tara’s work has earned her recognition as a leading securitization lawyer. She is listed in Chambers Global and Chambers USA in Capital Markets: Securitisation, named in the 2019–2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in securitization and structured finance law, and was recognized as one of Law360’s “Top Attorneys Under 40” in capital markets. Tara also serves on the cabinet of the Structured Finance Association’s Women in Securitization.
Maria Merritt focuses her practice on structuring and negotiating syndicated and single-lender debt facilities, as well as structured financing transactions across a broad array of asset classes.
Maria represents agents and lenders in asset-based loan facilities, cash-flow facilities, and asset backed facilities. Her lending practice includes representations in acquisition financings and cross-border deals across multiple asset classes and structures, including residential mortgages, merchant cash advances, and online marketplace loans.
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